Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Resurrection (2018)

A review on Foreign Drama-Movement theatre play, Resurrection (2018). It is a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival.

+ Note

Resurrection is dedicated to all those who lost their lives due to oppressive systems. Made with original music, the piece includes a poetic monologue written in English & Arabic. The piece was created and developed over the course of 10 years and it reached its current performativity form in 2016-17.

This play was triggered by the collective death of 50 theatre artists in the South of Egypt on 5th Sep 2005. The Egyptian state is still to be held responsible for this collective death by means of negligence and disrespect to the theatre community in specific, and disrespect to human dignity in general.

Goethe-Institut has helped greatly in making many of the performances in this 6th International Theatre & Music Festival 2018. Special thanks to other consulates and embassies for their support.

+ Performer

  • Nora Amin

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
A fire took place in a small state theatre venue, and among the deceased was Saleh Saad, who had a vision of his death before this trauma occurred.

+ High Points
i – The lighting behind this tragic play helped with the performance different moments and beats.

ii – The sole performance of Nora Amin is nicely presented.

+ Low Points
i – Since most of the audience are non-Arabic, it would have been preferable for the narrator to tell the intro in English.

ii – The translation of Arabic verses during the performance into English was becoming mixed up, difficult to understand as it was spoken almost side by side.

+ Overall
Resurrection is unquestionably an emotional play for those who were directly or indirectly linked and witness to this the real-life tragic incident that occurred. But the play itself could not sustain to make its mark as to be remembered by with fond memory.

Rate: 1.25 out of 5 stars

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Ga’on Mae Roshni (2017)

A review on Pakistani Drama theatre play, Ga’on Mae Roshni (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Sheema Kirmani & Anwer Jafri
  • Written by Anwer Jafri (Adapted)

 

 

 

 

+ Note

Ga’on Mae Roshni is a Lahore theatre group play. Its original script is in English by Jo Clifford.



 

 

+ Full Cast

  1. Sheema Kirmani as Narrator / Kali / Old Woman
  2. Sumaira Shahzad as Narrator and Sita
  3. Haris Khan as Bantu / Husband of Sita
  4. Imran Khan as Narrator / Old Landlord / Lawyer
  5. Waheed Ali as Younger Brother of Old Landlord

 

 

 

+ Plot
In the beginning goddess Kali, Personifying Mother Nature explains how the environment of this planet sustains life but it does not tolerate excesses committed against it.

 

 


+ High Points
i – Creative ways to show the sexual assault with dark blue lights and hard light flash from low angle of the assaulter. Also the way the play showed the lone man running and struggling to find work in the city.

ii – The message regarding how much struggle and hardships are sacrificed by the villagers in able ‘to live their dreams for a good peaceful life’ was presented nicely. Including the real reason behind how the arrival of the electricity to their village is well portrayed.  

iii – The performances by everyone were reasonable.


 


+ Low Points 
i – Since almost every actor played multiple roles, then it would have been better for the audience ease that the characters change should be in another costume or carry character related props to differentiate.

ii – Although a fair, just ending is showed but also a predictable one. Also, that it was explicit to how they presented it.

iii – The play time length should be reduced by 30 – 40 minutes. 

iv – When the sexual assault take place by the two men but then the telling it loudly that what just happened wasRape’! It is funny really that you had to announce it to the audience as everyone understood the scene clearly. Suppose we are watching at wedding night scene in a film, there husband sits closely to his newly wedded wife while saying some romantic dialogues to her and the room’s lights switched off. Then we hear the narrator’s voice who says that they had ‘Sex’ last night.

See? It’s pointless. Why does the narrator has to tell that when it is obvious that what must have happened… unless something else have occurred then yes, do tell that in the narration? Otherwise it is strictly no.

Don’t put everything on the plate for the audience to consume. Let them understand some things on their own.

v – Not once but twice I noticed that for couple of seconds the performers forgot their next lines.

vi – Some of the scenes were too dramatic.

vii – The visuals of villagers’ suffering could be showed when there no scene sharing but just the narrator voice over it. You see that when an actor is performing, his body movement, gesture and speech should be the main criteria that the audience should be focusing on rather than the visuals shown in the background. If we have a strong performer, his speech should be so convincing that the imagination that is being portrayed in the people minds would be more than enough to share the pain and sympathy that the poor people must be suffering in such times.


 

+ Overall
Despite a few good moments, Ga’on Mae Roshni never really grabs the viewers in linking the emotive touch.

 


Rate: 2.0 out of 5 stars

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Chup (2017)

A review on Pakistani Drama theatre play, Chup aka Quiet (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

+ Crew

  • Set Designed & Directed by Sunil Shankar
  • Written by Fawad Khan

+ Note
Chup is Fawad Khan’s second play-write. The first one was Khawab Tha Shayed. Chup is a haunting story regarding missing person case accused of a very serious allegation. Rather than focusing on the missing person’s life, this play is about his family and their uncomfortable disturbing social life ever since of his sudden ‘Disappearance’.

Most of our audience still lacks to understand tragic scenes that are purposely shown in amusing manner; such as father keeps hearing someone’s knock on the door. It is indeed a saddening play where you may never know whether missing person (your loved one) is dead or alive? Did he left the home willingly or was he abducted by unknown groups? Never to know real answers on such cases, the pain of agony and depression is shown through this brave play.

+ Full Cast

  1. Fawad Khan as Salman
  2. Bakhtawar Mazhar as Ammi
  3. Sunil Shanker as Abu
  4. Kaif Ghaznavi as Rabia
  5. Haya Khan as Zara

 

 

+ Plot
Salman has been receiving calls from an unknown number. Nobody says anything but the calls are persistent. His mother is also receiving the same calls. Father has hearing problems and yet he seems to hear knocking on the door whereas no one else does.

+ High Points
i – Fawad Khan’s performance as the responsible son was played out superbly. I have watched many plays before where his performance is usually received with a standing ovation. Fawad is one of the elite actors which NAPA has ever produced. In such intense plot we able to see Salman’s frustration & anger with his parents especially regarding on who can be behind these untraceable calls.

ii – The performances are outstanding in this play. Ms. Bakhtawar Mazhar plays the main supporting role of an old mother who dreams to see her missing son one day. The audience saw how she gave her heart out in playing this key role. Other Honorable Mentions: Sunil Shankar.

iii – This is my second play which Sunil has magnificently directed. I have gained such huge respect for him and would always consider his future directorial plays with high esteem. Great work Sunil!

iv – The writing of this play is outstandingly written by Fawad Khan! My expectations for his playwriting has exceeded clearly. I can assure you that the writing for this play was very, very difficult yet Fawad overcame with this difficult obstacle and presented with almost a perfect script.

v – The set designed very similar to how upper middle-class interior homes are decorated.

vi – The premise of this play was a suspense one where the audience gets to know of the situation one step at a time. The ending is left ambiguous deliberately as the plot is not based upon on it.

+ Low Points
i – I believe that there could have been more exposure to Kaif’s character.

+ Overall
Strengthened by such powerful performances, Chup finds the partnership of Sunil Shankar’s intelligent direction and Fawad Khan’s superb script writing in its utmost level from this grim, dark funny play.

Rate: 5.0 out of 5 stars

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Mr. Khan’s Review on Commedia D’ell Arte (2017)

A review on a Foreign Comedy Drama theatre play, Commedia D’ell Arti (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Marco Luly

+ Note
Commedia D’ell Arti is a form of theatre that originated in Italy in the 16th century and quickly spread all across Europe. It plays a crucial role in the development of Western Theatre.

+ Full Cast

  1. Marco Luly as Host #1
  2. Vajdaan Shah as Jester
  3. Kashif Hussain as Wine Seller
  4. Haris Khan as Zamin / Servant
  5. Aqeel Ahmed as Beggar / Missing Husband
  6. Shajahan Narejo as Critic
  7. Shumaila Taj as Host #2
  8. Irma Ali as Girl Friend
  9. Bani Mirza as Mistress / Lady from the Audience
  10. Hamza Sheikh as Spectator
  11. Asma Noor as Fortune Teller
  12. Nauman Qazi as Announcer
  13. Muneeb Ur Rehman as Entertainer
  14. Sadaf Hirani as Wife
  15. Zeerak Khan Niazi as Lover Boy

 

 

+ Plot
It is a play of many short stories, related to every character, who at first performs like a spectator and listening to the ‘Host #1’ speech.

+ High Points
i – Aqeel Ahmed is a wonderful performer and always leaves his mark of the fantastic performances in his plays.

ii – Bani Mirza performed very gracefully, with strong self-belief and glamour. Though it was funny to see how the majority of the audience was taking it literally that the ‘Host’ wanted someone from them to perform. Some of the people were either shouting their or other people names as a better option than that girl in the front.

It was clear that Bani was planted but many didn’t realize that. And talking about of the girl, she seemed very nervous and seemed almost real that she is just a random girl who is forced to perform.

But the next thing you know is that she is performing with such confidence level where she knows exactly what to say without any nervousness. It is (almost) certain that the director’s intend was to show the girl as though she is part of the audience till she agrees to step on-stage. And once she is on the stage, then it does not matter if the audience does realizes by now that it was a part of the performance this whole time.

+ Low Points
i – Honestly, I am not a fan of such plays although the audience was enjoying it a lot. For people like me, we need to make up our minds before watching these kinds of plays in able to enjoy and digest them easily.

ii – Some of the stories were okay while some were just there to fill the gap.

+ Overall
Pleasant when it works, Commedia D’ell Arti is based mainly in the interplay between the characters and the audiences while the director’s brash speech is a kind of warm Italian comedy.

Rate: 3.0 out of 5 stars

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Da Bhagi Marg (2017)

A review on Pakistani Comedy theatre play, Da Bhagi Marg (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed & Costumes Designed by Rauf Afridi
  • Written by Dairo Fo
  • Set Design by Javed Shb

 

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note
Da Bhagi Marg is an adaptation of Dairo Fo’s famous play ‘Accidental death of an Anarchist’. Some of his work regular playgoers requested that he write the play to provide counter information to the misinformation being propagated about the event by the media. He further researched the case thoroughly, drawing from two officials enquirers as well as facts shared by friendly journalists and lawyers. His aim was to present this counter information in a way that would be accessible to all.

This is the second theatre play Rauf Afridi has directed. The first one was for the kids by the name of ‘Tarzan’.

Da Bhagi Marg’s first 20 – 30 minutes was in Pashto language while the rest of the play is in both Urdu (majorly) language.

 

 

 

 
+ Full Cast

  1. Azaib Khan as Jaali
  2. Addy Khan as Insp Daar
  3. Hammad Khan as SP
  4. Essa Khan as Constable
  5. Aham Ali Khan as Jasmine Farooqi
  6. Rauf Afridi Insp Khattak

 

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
Accidental death of an Anarchist is a form of political theatre. An Anarchist died while in police custody for questioning about a bombing in which he played no part.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points
i – Addy Khan played the role of Insp Daar; his performance was quite good and was able to show his talent as musician briefly. Other Honorable Mentions: Hammad Khan.

ii – The costumes worked the most suitable way for the characters.

iii – For this comic play, in the cast we have Addy Khan, Hammad Khan and Rauf Afridi as attractive star power.

iv – The set design was soundly considered and built.

v – The ‘two’ endings was a good thought and drove well for its closing.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points
i – Stereo Type / Racist Jokes are extremely offending to any people / race you are targeting to. People who use this kind of humor to uplift their plays / projects are delusional to think that they would be respected or their work to be considered as good grade. If this humor was inserted in handful of punch lines only then to some extend would have been ignored. I know that half of the crowd was filled with the Pashto people who were ‘enjoying’ your play. I have no words to say for them.

Really! I genuinely admire your performances and liked your debut play ‘Tarzan’ where I gave its positive review too. You are not just somebody who is directing plays… you are Rauf Afridi! Make plays with good, creative humor where people remember you and your work with high esteem.

Bad comedy is no comedy. If a lay person had directed this play with this kind of humor, then I would have understood perfectly well the reason behind it. But you don’t need this type of humor to leverage your work. I know and strongly believe that you can do really, really good work with full of praises.

ii – The humor was so… childish… that in the entire play I laughed only once when I saw that two of my friends (sitting beside me) had their eyes shut and literally sleeping.

iii – There were no subtitles during Pashto scenes. I did not understand that what was the use of multiple LED monitors fixed on the higher wall for? They never played even once in the play. I wanted to know what is happening in those scenes where its audience was enjoying so much. I waited for the play to start in Urdu and… (Sigh).

 

+ Overall
Painful as it is, Da Bhagi Marg fails to add fresh, good laughs to Rauf Afridi’s great theatrics gift.

 

 

 
Rate: 0.75 out of 5 stars

 

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Wash Yourself of Yourself (2017)

A review on Pakistani Solo Performance theatre play, Wash Yourself of Yourself (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Joshinder Kaur Chaggar
  • Choreography by Sunil Shankar

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note
“Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.” This is a small portion of one of Rumi’s poem. Rumi believed in the concept of “One is All, and All is One”. You are part of a whole and the best way to experience life was to melt back into the one, just as snowflakes are individual, but when melting they become one with all.

 

 

 
+ Solo Cast

  1. Joshinder Chaggar as Woman

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
The swallow is named the bird of freedom, because it is constantly in migration. This show is a journey of emotional migration.

 

 

+ High Points
i – Joshinder performed fabulously in portraying the characteristics of age transformations, her struggle to live her lifestyle and finally shed her burden & go back to innocence as once before.

ii – Her desperate attempt to be in the limelight was shown very creatively.

iii – The direction in solo performance is very difficult. However, she was able to pull this off.

 

 

 

+ Low Points
i – At times, it felt that the play was getting dragged.

ii – High possibility of differences in either accepting and liking such plays or not within the audience.

 

+ Overall
Pure agility of Joshinder is overwhelming; only those viewers who lack interest in such plays as Wash Yourself of Yourself, will be able to resist the blitz of such carefully constructed magic.

 

 

 
Rate: 3.50 out of 5 stars

 

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Insanwaar (2017)

A review on Pakistani Comic Drama theatre play, Insanwaar aka Humanoid (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Lighting & Directed by Arshad Malik
  • Written by Jahangir Hussain
  • Set Design by Javed Shb
  • Costume Management by Pervaiz Iqbal
  • Music by Manzoor Shb & Danish Manzoor

 

 

 

 

+ Note
Insanwaar is about a faraway future, when humans have become extinct and apes rule the planet, we find a society where there is no religion but a code of conduct based on a system of rules for the betterment of the community. The theme is very similar to ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (2014).

These two races are compared by keeping the two stories side by side. Most of the stars played dual roles for the different timelines.

 

 

 
+ Full Cast

  1. Shahid Rana as Khamsa (Judge)
  2. Hammad Siddiq as Bakha / Munshi Ram
  3. Zaki Ullah Khan as Bahu / Ganesh
  4. Maria Baloch as Mahi / Mehro
  5. Syed Jameel as Zambi Jacob / Saith
  6. Mahjabeen Rehman as Zoya (Nun) / Rahiba
  7. Ahmer Hussain as Banray
  8. Adnan Anis as Chanray
  9. Kaneez Fatima as Titli / Tai Hajjan
  10. Asif Shehzad Malik as Nakora (Tattoo)
  11. Babar Ali as Albert
  12. Abdul Rehman as Hussain (Child)
  13. Ebad Khan as Hussain (Adult)

 

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
A young ape is in love with another and their marriage is opposed by some. While the community of elders debate the merits of the case, a scenario from the past is shown during the time of humans’ existence; the society of post partition Pakistan.

Here, a young man who is a Hindu and is in love with a Muslim girl but their marriage is opposed similarly as the two lovers of Apes species.

 

 

+ High Points
i – I liked the message of the play that perhaps the ‘next species’ would be better off than us as we have created so many differences among each other (in the name of religion, caste, race, etc) that in most cases each of us could live peacefully but do not because of man-made diversity. However, that scenario is also shown where the problems don’t change much.

ii – Adnan Anis plays the role of Chanray. Not only his character was an interesting one but he also performed amusingly on-stage. Good to see improvement in your performance. Other Honorable Mentions: Hammad Siddiq and Syed Jameel.

iii – The screenplay was very effectively written with provoking dialogues.

iv – The costumes were nicely designed and did a fair job in the appearance of the characters.

v – There were hilarious moments time to time, where in some cases it was very amusing to watch. Such as the tail of Saith is cut off while Khamsa’s tail is much, much longer than his height.

vi – I was not expecting to see this kind of ending but it was a good turn around.

 

 

 

+ Low Points
i – Generally, the performances by most of the actors were okay.

ii – Since there were many characters, only 2 – 3 of them had a proper character development.

iii – There were characters in the play where I wanted to feel their pain and suffering but could not due to director / writer’s lack of efforts in building up the ‘Emotional link’ with the audience first.

iv – After hearing that a play would be performed by the name ‘Insanwaar’, my expectations were a bit high. Such stars like Ahmer Hussain, Zakiullah, Syed Jamal are well known cast for any theater play. A talented theater artist, Arshad Malik is directing this play. I feel that my expectations were cut short.

 

+ Overall
Insanwaar works just as well as a popcorn enjoyment for warm fun. It does leaves you with thought provoking questions, into the nature of humanity darker side.

 

 
Rate: 3.25 out of 5 stars

 

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Antigone (2017)

A review on Pakistani Drama theatre play, Antigone (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Khalid Ahmed
  • Written by Jean Anouilh

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note
Jean Anouilh’s play, Antigone is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the play of the same name (Antigone, by Sophocles) from the fifth century BC Jean Anouilh wrote his ‘Antigone’ in 1944, during the height of the Nazi occupation of France.

Upon Oedipus’s death, it was agreed that each of the two sons would take the throne from one year to the next. After the first year, however, the elder one refuses to step down. After a great war, all were defeated. The brothers kill each other in a duel. Creon ends up as the king. Then Creon orders Eteocles to be buried in honor while left Polyncies, the younger brother to rot on the pain of death. He announces that if anyone attempted to Polyncies a decent burial then, that person would be put to death.

The two actresses, Sehrish and Aisha play the lead role, Antigone of the different timelines.

 

 

 
+ Full Cast

  1. Nadir Hussain as Creon
  2. Sehrish Qadir as Antigone #1
  3. Aisha Iqbal as Antigone (Younger)
  4. Irfan Khan as Pahredar #1
  5. Owais Mubashir as Haemon
  6. Monazza Fatima Naqvi as Ismene
  7. Umair Rafiq as Ravi #1
  8. Rehman Qureshi as Ravi #2
  9. Hani Taha as Anna
  10. Godina Fernandes as Eurydice
  11. Adnan Samad Khan as Ardali
  12. Syed Arsalan as Pahredar #2
  13. Ahmed Adil as Pahredar #3
  14. Hasnain as Page

 

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
Upon the second brother’s death, Antigone resolves to defy her uncle, Creon the King for her to give Polyncies a proper burial.

 

 

 

+ High Points
i – Nadir Hussain as Creon, was the most impressive of them all! He is truly an ‘A’ class actor and his plays are most often well received by the audience.

ii – My, my… what do we have here? Sehrish Qadir as Antigone #1 gave a strong performance in scene sharing with Nadir. Sehrish clearly showed everyone that she is a serious actress who should not be taken lightly. Other Honorable Mentions: Irfan Khan, Umair Rafiq, Owais Mubashir and Aisha Iqbal.

iii – Brilliant direction by respected Khalid Ahmed. We were able to witness yet again a magnificent play.

iv – Although the play was two hours long but it was so fascinating that most of the audience’s eyes were fixed wide open on the play than concerned about the time.

 

 

 

+ Low Points
i – Audience preferred one character to be played by one person only. Unless that person is playing a different age group / spilt personality of the same character.

ii – Too much narration / story moved forward by two Ravi rather than been performed.

iii – Some of the stars’ performances were weak.

 

+ Overall
Solid performances, excellent direction, and provocative. Antigone seamlessly piles up its forceful social norms into an effective and enjoyable play.

 

 

 
Rate: 4.50 out of 5 stars

 

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Jaloos (2017)

A review on Pakistani Comedy (satire) theatre play, Jaloos (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed, written (Adapted) & set design by Hassan Raza

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note
Jaloos deals with the problems in society which we are facing with but do not want to or cannot change.

This play is inspired by Badal Sarkar’s short story.

 

 

 

 
+ Full Cast

  1. Vajdaan Shah as Security Officer
  2. Hammad Siddiq as Munna (Former)
  3. Moiz Qadeer as Munna
  4. Kamal Hussain as Peer Sahib
  5. Haris Khan as Chorus #1
  6. Syed Jameel as Chorus #2
  7. Umair Rafiq as Chorus #3
  8. Hassan Khan as Chorus #4
  9. Shahjahan Narejo as Chorus #5
  10. Ghulam Murtaza as Chorus #6
  11. Aisha Iqbal as Chorus #7
  12. Sana Hussain as Chorus #8

 

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
It represents those people in society who are downtrodden, suffering, who do not get justice and are ignored by society.

 

 

 

 

+ High Points
i – Haris Khan plays comic roles in best way possible. He is a great performer with highly skilled acting chops. His handshake with Peer Sahib was one of the most iconic scenes of this play.

ii – Vajdaan Shah performance as Security Officer is strictly performed in realistic manner. Other Honorable Mentions: Kamal Hussain, Syed Jameel, Hassan Khan and Umair Rafiq.

iii – Hassan Raza did a fantastic job in directing this delicate play. One needs a lot of guts to pull this off in such enjoyable comic manner without taking it seriously* (in terms of getting highly offended by it).

iv – The satire humor was touched on hyper sensitive multiple issues which are too taboo to be discussed among close friends even, were very bravely performed.

v – The set design was brightly color-filled constructed.

vi – The live song was sung elegantly.

vii – The screenplay was engaging while the Peer Sahib character was the most appealing.

 

 

 

 

+ Low Points
i – This play is strictly for a selected audience only. The possibility is likely high for receiving extremely negative reactions, if it is shown to the mass audience.

ii – Both Munna scenes were slow and dragged. Munna character reminded me of ‘Kenny’ from South Park cartoon series.

 

 

 

 

+ Overall
Jaloos is a play with funny humor which was bravely performed and touched on many sensitive issues in satire mayhem.

 

 

 
Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars

 

Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Baaztab (2017)

A review on Pakistani drama theatre play, Baaztab (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Farhan Alam
  • Written by Shumaila Taj

 

 

 

 

 

+ Note
Baaztab is based on the system of injustice and the collision of the institutions of state with the media and elite of the country are the central focus of the play that seeks a change in this unjust system.

It focuses on personality disorder while it shows how it affects that person and the people who are closer.

 

 
+ Full Cast

  1. Naz as Sabah / Rameen
  2. Zain Nazar as Rafaay
  3. Muhammad Sambhan Ghazi as M. Ali
  4. Naveed Kamal as Aslam
  5. Shumaila Taj as Dr. Zara
  6. Shazia Ahmed as Salma
  7. Tehreem Shafiq as Rabia

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
An elder daughter, Rameen who develops a split personality disorder is due to the death of her late father in a riot at Karachi and her mother’s second marriage to a man who has very traditional patriarchal views on the role of women in society.

 

 

+ High Points
i – Naz’s performance as wife with a care free personae living inside her is much admired by the audience. She never delivers less than expectations. Truly a terrific actress!

ii – Naveed Kamal as a religious traditional step father played his part brilliantly. He is an underrated actor that needs to be presented in lime light as much as possible. Other Honorable Mentions: Zain Nazar.

iii – The elevator scene was well directed.

 

 

+ Low Points
i – The scenes where Ali and Rameen share seemed unconvincing and weak.

ii – The performers were too limited in their movements. As though the blocking of was restricted to be taken one step only. Such as when Rameen is presented with her family in a scene, they stood (almost still) like shooting ducks / gallery.

iii – There were times when the actors were too quick to deliver their lines instead of focusing on their pauses (according to its beat).

iv – The scenes shifting could be taken place with proper switching of the filtered lights, for the audience ease to understand.

v – The character Rabia was faintly written while the performance of Shazia Ahmed was the weakest.

vi – How Rameen gets away from murder? Only to be ended up with a doctor? Did the police / her family ever find out what she did?

 

 

+ Overall
Baaztab has at least the prospective to produce into something healthier. But it might not be worth that second look if not for few performers especially by Naz.

 

 
Rate: 2.50 out of 5 stars